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The Best C. Thomas Howell Movies

Updated September 23, 2019 3.6k votes 326 voters 22.2k views78 items

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List of the best C. Thomas Howell movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. C. Thomas Howell's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top C. Thomas Howell movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated C. Thomas Howell movies will be at the top of the list. C. Thomas Howell has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest C. Thomas Howell movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining C. Thomas Howell films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best C. Thomas Howell role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest C. Thomas Howell performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

This is a list that includes films like Mad Dogs and Englishmen and Mutant Vampire Zombies from the 'Hood!.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best C. Thomas Howell movies?" and "What are the greatest C. Thomas Howell roles of all time?"


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    Red Dawn

    Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze
    Red Dawn is a 1984 American film directed by John Milius and co-written by Milius and Kevin...  more

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    The Outsiders

    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage
    The Outsiders is a 1983 American drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, an adaptation of...  more

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    The Hitcher

    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rutger Hauer
    The Hitcher is a 1986 action horror film directed by Robert Harmon and written by Eric Red....  more

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    Soul Man

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Earl Jones
    Soul Man is a 1986 comedy film about a man who undergoes racial transformation with pills to...  more

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    The Amazing Spider-Man

    Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone
    The Amazing Spider-Man is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Marc Webb, based on the...  more

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    Grandview, U.S.A.

    Jamie Lee Curtis, John Cusack
    Grandview, U.S.A. is a 1984 American comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser. It stars...  more

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    Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger
    Gettysburg is a 1993 epic film written and directed by Ronald F. Maxwell, adapted from the...  more

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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak
    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and...  more

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    Secret Admirer

    Kelly Preston, Corey Haim
    Secret Admirer is a 1985 American romantic comedy film directed by David Greenwalt, and...  more

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  • 10

    Side Out

    Kathy Ireland, Courtney Thorne-Smith
    Side Out is a 1990 film about a beach volleyball competition, featuring C. Thomas Howell,...  more
  • 11


    James Garner, James Cromwell
    Tank is a 1984 comedy, drama, and action movie starring James Garner, Jenilee Harrison, and C....  more
  • 12


    Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif
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    The Poseidon Adventure

    Steve Guttenberg, Rutger Hauer
    The Poseidon Adventure is a 2005 action and adventure made-for-TV film based on Paul Gallico's...  more

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    A Tiger's Tale

    Ann-Margret, Kelly Preston
    A Tiger's Tale is a 1987 film written and directed by Peter Douglas, based on the novel Love...  more
  • 15

    The Return of the Musketeers

    Christopher Lee, Kim Cattrall
    The Return of the Musketeers is a 1989 film adaptation loosely based on the novel Twenty Years...  more

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    Gods and Generals

    Robert Duvall, Mira Sorvino
    Gods and Generals is a 2003 American film based on the novel Gods and Generals by Jeffrey...  more

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  • 17

    That Night

    Katherine Heigl, Eliza Dushku
    That Night is a 1992 coming-of-age romantic drama film written and directed by Craig Bolotin,...  more
  • 18

    Hot Boyz

    Snoop Dogg, Gary Busey
    Hot Boyz is a 1999/2000 action film written and directed by Master P. It stars Silkk the...  more

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    The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting

    Kari Wührer, C. Thomas Howell
    The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting is the 2003 horror sequel to The Hitcher, which stars C....  more
  • 20

    Breaking the Rules

    Jason Bateman, Annie Potts
    Breaking the Rules is a 1992 drama film directed by Neal Israel, executive produced by Larry...  more
  • 21

    Far Out Man

    Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong
    Far Out Man was a 1990 comedy film written, directed by and starring Tommy Chong. It was...  more
  • 22

    To Protect And Serve

    C. Thomas Howell, Jessie Lawrence Ferguson
  • 23

    American Pie Presents: The Book of Love

    Dustin Diamond, Patricia Arquette
    American Pie Presents: The Book of Love is a 2009 teen comedy released directly to DVD. It is...  more
  • 24

    The Haunting of Marsten Manor

    C. Thomas Howell, Brianne Davis
  • 25

    A Killer Within

    Sean Young, Giancarlo Esposito
    A Killer Within is a 2004 film featuring C. Thomas Howell as Addison Terrill, Sean Young as...  more